‘Star Wars’ Backs ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Moses Ingram as She Calls Out Racist Attacks

Moses Ingram is speaking out against the racist messages she’s received since her Obi-Wan Kenobidebut, and the Star Wars franchise is backing her up.

On Tuesday, the official Star Wars Twitter and Instagram accounts spoke out in support of Ingram, who stars as the ambitious new Inquisitor Reva Sevander on the long-awaited Disney+ series. 

“We are proud to welcome Moses Ingram to the Star Wars family and excited for Reva’s story to unfold. If anyone intends to make her feel in any way unwelcome, we have only one thing to say: we resist,” the statement said. “There are more than 20 million sentient species in the Star Wars galaxy, don’t choose to be a racist.”

Earlier that morning, Ingram took to her Instagram Story to share the hateful messages she’s been receiving since joining the franchise. The Yale Drama School alum shared screenshots of the messages, which included: “You suck loser. You’re a diversity hire and you won’t be loved or remembered for this acting role” and  “You’re [sic] days are numbered.”

Another message called Ingram a racial slur, telling her she isn’t “the first [n-word] in starwarss.”

In a video to her followers, Ingram revealed that these messages were a small example of the negativity she’s received online.

“Long story short, there are hundreds of those, hundreds. And I also see those of you out there who put on a cape for me and that really does mean the world to me, because there’s nothing anybody can do about this,” Ingram said.

“Thank you to the people who show up for me in the comments, in the places that I’m not gonna put myself.” she added, “To the rest of y’all, y’all weird.”

Ingram joins a long list of Black actors who have faced racist vitriol after joining a franchise; Star Wars final trilogy star John Boyegafaced a similar reception when his face was revealed within the first moments of 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. 

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